Friday, December 19, 2014

Cheap Wine Reviewed By An Irish Brewmaster

OK, so this isn't "soda-related," but it's drink-related and it's pretty funny. And it features our local St. Paul brew.


Direct link: http://youtu.be/840waOfQ50o


"MAYBEALITTLEBITA KIWI."  Awesome.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Big Ben's Fast Draw Sarsaparilla

I grabbed a Sarsaparilla the other night:

Big Ben's Fast Draw Sarsaparilla


Brand: Big Ben's Fast Draw Sarsaparilla.

Origin: Catawissa, PA.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar and/or High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Review: There was a problem right away - there was no "hiss" and no release of carbonation when I opened this. Something happened and it wasn't sealed anymore. I drank it, I didn't die - it just had no carbonation. The flavor was good, and it had a subtle vanilla bite. I can not give this a score just yet because it wasn't carbonated, but I'd love to try it again.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Swamp Pop Noble Cane Cola

I grabbed this because I loved the label:

Swamp Pop Noble Cane Cola

Swamp Pop Label
Close-up of the label.  Nice.


Brand: Swamp Pop Noble Cane Cola.

Origin: Lafayette, Louisiana.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This was unique and GOOD from the start. It has a "deeper" flavor than colas like Coke or Pepsi (as most small-label colas tend to), but this was extra rich. It had an earthiness that wasn't too sharp - it was still very smooth, which is unusual for a strongly flavored cola. I can't put my finger on the exact flavor... maybe a BIT of a root beer flavor to it, but that's not really it. There's a fruity hint to it as well. It's interesting, and in a good way. Check it out.

Score: 8.5 out of 10.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Anchor Ginger Root Beer

I didn't know what I'd think about a "ginger root beer," but this was pretty good.

Anchor Ginger Root Beer


Brand: Anchor Ginger Root Beer.

Origin: Mukilteo, WA.

Purchase Place: Frattallones Ace Hardware, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: I was afraid there would be too "sharp" of a ginger bite to this, but the ginger flavor was subtle. It almost tasted like a birch beer. The root beer was pretty smooth, but the ginger added a gentle bite. For something that could have been horrible, this was quite good. It's worth a try if you're a "ginger" and a "root beer" fan.

Score: 7 out of 10.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Frostie Concord Grape Soda

The other 3 Frostie sodas I've had earned scores of 6, 6, and 6.5. I was hoping this would be decent as well:

Frostie Concord Grape Soda


Brand: Frostie Concord Grape Soda.

Origin: Detroit, MI.

Purchase Place: Frattallones Ace Hardware, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Review: This smelled strongly of grape once I twisted off the top. And the first sip didn't disappoint. This was a deeply flavored grape soda. Classic. The long-lasting aftertaste was fantastic, but the only weird flavor was a little bit of an odd sharpness immediately after taking a sip. But that went away right away. It's probably not in my top-5 grape sodas of all time, but it's close.

Score: 8 out of 10.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Jersey Creme

This sounded interesting. It said it contained no milk or cream or dairy products, so I was wondering how "milky" this would taste. I cracked it open in my car to drink during a long drive with the boys over Thanksgiving recently:

Jersey Creme
I was not driving as I took this, so don't be pissed.


Brand: Jersey Creme.

Origin: Mukilteo, WA.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This was flat-out awful. It had a weird, almost "minty" bite to it, but it was a bit creamy like milk. That's not a good flavor combination. It needed to be more of a smooth cream, but it was harsh. Here's what their website says about it:

"Jersey Creme was originally available as flavored concenetrate used to make cream flavored products in the early 1900's. A concentrate so good, it was turned into a creme flavored beverage with the slogan 'The Perfect Drink.' The sweet creme vanilla flavor is thick, rich, and with a smooth finish. A true indulgence, it is perhaps the finest creme flavored soda ever created."

Not a "true indulgence." Not even close "the finest creme flavored soda ever created." Not "the perfect drink." Barely even drinkable. In fact, while driving for 2 hours, I didn't even finish 1/3 of this bottle (and usually I'm a sipper and could drink a LOT when stuck in a car).

Score: 2 out of 10.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Foxon Park Draft Style Root Beer

As I was doing a lot of cooking the other day, I pulled out a root beer from the basement fridge:

Foxon Park Draft Style Root Beer
Cutting up a butternut squash in the background.


Brand: Foxon Park Draft Style Root Beer.

Origin: East Haven, Connecticut.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This had that pretty classic "draft" taste (it BETTER have that - it was in the title). It had a lot of flavor - there was a strong taste of anise and wintergreen. It was good. If you like a "strongly" flavored root beer, then check this out.

Score: 8 out of 10.